Nano-particle transport and deposition processes (WS04)
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Full Project Detail Nano-particles are increasingly common in our environment. They can be highly beneficial, such as their use in drug delivery and advanced materials, but they can also be highly damaging to health through unwanted emissions. This research work will investigate the complex transport and deposition of nano-scale particles, whether delivering life-saving drugs or damaging carcinogenic material, within flow geometries that represent the human lung. The small size of these particles changes the nature of the interactions that occur in oscillating flows, resulting in interactions that are not fully understood. There is insufficient insight into their behaviour, supported and validated by experimental evidence. With recent developments in diagnostic techniques and equipment, it is now possible to make a significant impact into this area and provide new understanding.
This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD researcher to experimentally investigate flow-particle interactions using state-of-the-art optical diagnostic techniques and develop much-needed insight into the fundamental physical interactions that occur. The successful candidate will primarily be based within the optical engineering research laboratory of the Wolfson School.
Entry requirements Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Fluid mechanics, optical engineering.
Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th September 2019.